Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - January 24, 2014

Police Bulletin

Macy's reports embezzlements of more than $30k

Three separate embezzlements totaling nearly $32,000 were reported in recent days at Macy's Women's in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road, according to police reports.

In one, reported at about 5:26 p.m. Jan. 18, an employee wrote nine bad checks worth $33,740 and applied them to her prepaid Macy's credit card, then made 17 transactions for a total of about $29,000 in charges. The woman was fired without arrest, although the case has been sent to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for possible felony forgery and embezzlement charges.

In another case reported at about 7:36 p.m. the same day, Macy's Women's reported a $463 embezzlement though fraudulent returns in which merchandise was credited to an account without a purchase.

Police are also investigating an embezzlement reported at the same location at about 1:19 p.m. Jan. 16. There, an employee stole seven sunglasses worth about $1,500 and made false returns for a credit of about $700.

A misdemeanor arrest for the embezzlement of about $400 from Home Depot in the 6000 block of Johnson Drive took place at about 6:45 p.m. Jan. 14.

In other police reports:

* A traffic stop led to a count of prostitution for Brandi Michelle Edge, 31, of Sacramento. Edge was stopped near the Hyatt House after police watched her speed through the parking lot near pedestrians. The officer smelled marijuana and searched the car, where they found notes and a cellphone with messages, information and terminology commonly associated with prostitution.

* Suzanna Orozco, 32, of Bakersfield was arrested at about 2:41 a.m. Jan. 20 for auto theft after a traffic stop for a broken tail light. A check turned up the vehicle, a GMC Yukon, had been stolen from Fresno County. Jose Antonio Garza, 42, of Pixley, a passenger, was arrested at the same time for paraphernalia possession.

* Kay Jewelers in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road reported a fraud in which six pieces of jewelry -- bracelets, a necklace and a watch -- worth a total of about $7,290 were taken in December through an account opened under a fraudulent account made after the identity theft of an Oakland resident. The fraud was reported at about 11:10 a.m. Jan. 16.

* An unknown amount of copper wire was reported stolen in a commercial burglary from Nearon Enterprises, the owner of the former Clorox Building in the 7200 block of Johnson Drive. The building is being demolished and there was no sign of forced entry, although contractors may have left the site unlocked.

* A MacBook Pro valued at $2,050 was reported stolen in a residential burglary at a home in the 600 block of St. John Street. The report was filed at about 7:32 p.m. Jan. 14, although the computer was missing since November. There was no sign of forced entry.

* iPads were the hot commodity for thieves across Pleasanton recently, with four stolen from businesses in less than a week.

City Golf in the 3100 block of Santa Rita Road reported an $800 iPad stolen from the store sometime around 4:45 p.m. Jan. 16. On Jan. 17, Oracle, in the 5800 block of Owens Drive, reported a iPad with an unlisted value had been stolen from its offices between 9 and 11 a.m., and on Jan. 20 at about 2:24 p.m., T-Mobile in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road reported at theft of two iPads worth $600.

* Two $400 iPads were also stolen, along with two laptops worth $1,000 apiece and miscellaneous other items, in an auto burglary in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road sometime between 6 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. Jan. 16. A window on the vehicle was broken to gain access.

* A resident of the 5200 block of Crestline Way reported a loss of $1,271 after receiving a letter from a bank notifying him of a late payment, although he had no account at the bank. The fraud was reported at about 11:11 a.m. Jan. 16.

* Anthony Scott Brown, 34, a transient, was arrested for felony burglary at about 4:11 p.m. Jan. 15 near the intersection of Hacienda and Owens drives in connection with a bicycle theft at 3:35 p.m. at Walmart in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive. Brown was also arrested for probation violation.

* Nicholas Sebastian Rodriguez, 21, of Redwood City was arrested for felony burglary at about 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Nordstrom, in the 1600 block of Stoneridge Mall Road. The stores security staff recovered a shirt and jeans worth about $200.

* A garage door was pried open and a $500 bicycle was taken in a residential burglary at a home in the 1400 block of East Gate Way between 6 p.m. Jan. 17 and 10 a.m. Jan 18.

* A $200 snowboard and $100 snowboard boots were reported stolen from a storage closet in the carport of a home in the 3400 block of Andrews Drive. There was no evidence of forced entry in the theft, reported at about 7:32 a.m. Jan. 21.

* A resident of the 2700 block of Camino Segura reported at about 9:33 a.m. Jan 18 that someone had opened a Target card in Sacramento using his information. There was no loss.

Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted.

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